Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fans of The Jeff Davis Show


Several Access Television Producers Proclaim their Love For the Jeff Davis Show!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tough Road Ahead Collecting Late Tolls


Courts would be overwhelmed, no way to enforce


Chris Willis
KXAN Austin News
May 24, 2010

AUSTIN (KXAN) - More than 150,000 toll violators owe $56.1 million in outstanding tolls and "administrative fees" - but the Texas Department of Transportation is hitting a roadblock, or several, when it comes to collecting them.

To be exact, the amount of outstanding tolls is $3.12 million. But KXAN discovered TXDOT is charging some violators more than 4000 percent in those "administrative fees". And those fees are what push the total amount of money owed to $56.1 million.

TXDOT said they're now going to take those violators to court.

"Once the court date is scheduled, we step out of the process, it's in the hands of the court," said Mark E. Tomlinson, TXDOT's director of the Turnpike Authority.

But that's where their troubles begin; those cases are going to cause a major traffic jam in already strained courts, and county officials say they foresee them stalling out.

By law, the toll cases must be heard in a Justice of the Peace court with toll road jurisdiction. And most of those courtrooms hear roughly 9000 cases a year. Imagine the confusion when TXDOT tells the courts in Williamson and Travis counties they’re sending them 150,000 cases.

Local attorney Bill Gammon said right now, TXDOT cannot send any toll violation cases to court. He added the counties have been left in the dark when it comes to how the process will be handled.

"Once people realize this, they're going to have even less respect for the law and less respect for TXDOT and anybody else who tells them they're going to take them to court," he said.

"They're going to laugh."

KXAN spoke with the elected officials in Williamson and Travis counties, and they agree with Gammon.

Travis County Treasurer Delores Ortega Carter said TXDOT needs to get their ducks in a row before they file any toll violation cases.

"They can file all the cases they want, how long they’ll be there we don't know," she said.

Carter's colleague in Williamson County, Treasurer Vivian Wood concurs. "I just can’t see our judge and commissioners agreeing to anything even though the statute is there."

County officials said it all boils down to what is called an Interlocal Agreement: A set of rules and guidelines to outline procedures dealing with court costs, collection of tolls and fees, where the money collected goes, payment methods, timeliness and line items.

They said there has got to be an Interlocal Agreement before any cases can be heard in county courtrooms. Ortega-Carter and Wood told KXAN they've been trying to get an agreement with TXDOT since 2006, but have not heard anything from the state agency.

"I don't have anything from the state that tells me…and we don't just send money down to the Comptroller without the state's requirements for identification of those funds," Wood said.

Ortega-Carter added: "We need to have a paper trail so that, for auditing purposes, we can see where it’s going. We don't care how the state spends the money, that's their problem. We do care how the county receives that money."

TXDOT is now sending "last chance" letter to toll violators, threatening to take them to court if they do not pay their tolls and "administrative fees."

Tomlinson says one case has already been filed in Williamson County. And Tomlinson admits, they may not get far until they get together with county officials.

"We don’t want any mistakes on our part" he said. "We want to make sure the cases are good and the court processes are respected."

In the meantime, Gammon says 150,000 cases would simply overwhelm the court system, and he adds there’s no way TXDOT can burden the Justice of the Peace Courts with such a heavy case load.

He says if TXDOT does get Interlocal Agreements with Williamson and Travis Counties, and if they insist on charging violators 4000 percent in "administrative fees," violators who do end-up in court should simply request a jury trial.

"I think most jurors would be offended at the way this is being handled," said Gammon.

TXDOT’s Wisconsin-based collection agency is now calling violators at home and sending letters to try and get them to pay their tolls and fees.

But if you ignore the collection agency, there is little they can do. They cannot contact your credit report, they cannot prevent you from renewing your driver's license and they cannot stop you from registering your vehicle with the state.

Taking violators to court could be TXDOT's only option to collect the money. But until an Interlocal Agreement is reached, county officials said those cases will not be heard.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Jeff Davis Show - Your City Water is Poisoned



Why do local governments across the country knowingly inject a toxic waste byproduct into our water supply? The award-winning Jeff Davis Show interviews representatives from Fluoride Free Austin to find out why.

The Jeff Davis Show - Stop Federal Fusion Centers!





On the long-running Jeff Davis Show, representatives from Texans for Accountable Government tell us about their fight to keep these Orwellian spy centers out of Texas

The Jeff Davis Show - Illegal Aliens: Threat or Scapegoat?



Friday, May 7, 2010

The Jeff Davis Show 5/2/2010: Police are Terrorists

The award-winning Jeff Davis Show presents its very own Terror Watch List!



Austin Fusion Center Rammed Down Our Throats Despite Privacy Complaints



News Coverage of the May 3rd Public Safety Commission in Austin, Texas

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Jeff Davis Show 4/25/10 - The Drug War: No Excuses



On the long-running Jeff Davis Show co-host Sasan Sadat exposes the real effects of the drug war and dissects the excuses that have been used to keep this war going for more than three decades.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Texas LiberTEA Party - April 15th, 2010 at the Texas State Capitol Building


John Bush


Jack Blood

Texas Stadium Controlled Demolition on 4/11 at 7:07



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Stadium#Demolition

The Jeff Davis Show 4/18/2010 - Interview with Waco Siege Survivor



What really happened in Waco, TX in 1993? The long-running "Jeff Davis Show" blows the cover off the official story with an eye-witness account from Clive Doyle, who was inside the Branch Davidian building for the entire duration of the siege.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Alice In Wonderland at the Austin Scottish Rite Theater


I made it over to the local Freemasonic Theater to watch an Alice in Wonderland play on Sunday March 28, 2010.


Here is the 2010 schedule for the theater. It's interesting that one of the plays begins on September 11.






Freemasonic buildings don't seem to ever have many windows.







I managed to capture some video of the play. The theater had twin pillars on the sides of the stage with a double-headed eagle centered above.





Thursday, March 18, 2010

KopBusting Ex-Narc Plans To Sue Police for Millions



Jeremiah Vandermeer
Cannabis Culture
March 11, 2010

CANNABIS CULTURE - Ex-narcotics officer Barry Cooper is fuming over a police raid on his home and plans to sue the officers and officials involved for $30 million, calling their conduct "obvious retaliation" for a sting operation he pulled on Texas police for his show KopBusters.

"We are going to sue every Williamson County officer involved in the raid, the judges who signed my warrants, the sheriffs department, and the jail for false imprisonment," Cooper told Cannabis Culture. "According to my lawyers, it will be about $30 million."

Cooper, who served almost a decade as a drug enforcement officer before renouncing his past and becoming a marijuana activist, was arrested last week by Williamson County officers who claimed he filed a false police report during the setup for an episode of his Internet show that targets corrupt cops.

After arresting Cooper for the misdemeanor, 10 or more officers raided his home with guns pointed at his wife and seven-year-old son, and eventually found less than a gram of marijuana in the form of a few roaches.

Cooper, who is running for Texas Attorney General, has successfully busted police with a sting he calls "Finders Keepers" where a bag containing $45, some unused glass pipes, a fake drug-debt list, and a hidden GPS locator is placed in a public place and reported to police as suspicious. In a successful sting on a Liberty Hill police office he recorded for KopBusters, the officer took the money and ditched the bag.

When the KopBusters team attempted the sting again in Florence Texas, police didn't take the bait and retrieved the "suspicious package" in the legal manner. Later, police reviewed a recording of the phone call reporting the package by a caller identifying himself as "Ted Smith". Officers claim they could hear Cooper talking in the background, and filed for the arrest warrant.

Sergeant Gary Haston writes in the affidavit for Cooper's arrest warrant, "Upon review of the recorded telephone call made to the communication center at the Williamson County Sheriff's Office for this event, [Haston] was immediately able to discern the second, unidentified voice on the call as belonging to...Barry Neal Cooper. [Haston] is familiar with Cooper's voice from having heard him speak on numerous occasions in videos posted by Cooper on the internet website "YouTube," as well as Cooper's own website "Nevergetbusted.com."

"Our lawyers are laughing at that affidavit," Cooper said. "First of all, it wasn't a false report. According to the affidavit for the warrant, the caller said there was a suspicious bag at the school. Well, there was a suspicious bag at the school, so that's not a false report. But even is there was a valid case of a false report, it would be for the person who made the call, not someone talking in the background."

Cooper says police raids for misdemeanors are unheard of, and points to the presence of narcotics officers who kept asking "what do you have in your garage?" during his arrest as proof that a lot more was going on behind the scenes.

"In my entire law enforcement career and since I've been out I've never heard of a raid being conducted on a home for a misdemeanor," Cooper said." They knew that the arrest warrant affidavit would not pass the smell test with a real judge, so they took it to a Justice of the Peace."

He says police probably expected to find a large marijuana growing operation at his house, which would have overshadow their shady methods. When they didn't find any pot plants, police scoured the house and came up with only a few roaches - not much, but enough for a pair of arrest warrants for Cooper and his wife Candi. Though they have both been charged with possession, Cooper says after pleading guilty, the courts would probably knock the charges down to a Class C misdemeanor and a fine.

He says his family has been turned upside down in the raid - a terrifying four-hour experience where shouting police came through the front door with guns drawn, and eventually seized computers, electronic equipment and even his wife's iPod.

The Williamson County Sheriff's office did not return phone calls to Cannabis Culture.

The lawsuit will be filed in the next couple weeks he says, and he will continue fighting corrupt cops for those who can't.

"This is proof that if you do fight back against corruption, you will get raided and go to jail," Cooper said. "It is not a fair system and it is intimidating for people out there who want to change things. That's why we will keep fighting."

UPDATE: Big props to one of my favorite reporters, Stephen C. Webster from True/Slant (pictured standing behind Barry in the photo above) for his diligent reporting on the KopBusters (and for mentioning Cannabis Culture in his latest piece).

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Acevedo Finalist to Lead Dallas Police



Acevedo says he sought opportunity after it was presented

Tony Plohetski
Austin American-Statesman
March 8, 2010

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, within hours of applying for the job, was named one of six finalists Monday to become the next leader of the Dallas police force.

Panels of Dallas residents, city officials and police union representatives will interview Acevedo later this month, but it was unclear Monday when the city would name its new chief .

Acevedo, who has been in Austin since July 2007, said he applied after the position "was presented to me." He had privately informed several top city officials in recent days that he was considering applying for the job but had not told them he'd formally entered the process.

"I want to assure the men and women of the Austin Police Department that I very much enjoy my work with this great department," Acevedo said in a statement. "The decision to respond to this opportunity is not an indication of my dissatisfaction, in any way, with this outstanding police department."

The announcement comes at a time when Acevedo's prominence in Austin — and the law enforcement community nationally — continues to grow.

Some City Hall insiders Monday night questioned whether Acevedo might attempt to use the possibility of becoming Dallas' chief to bolster his Austin salary, which was about $180,000 last year, or to obtain other perks such as an employment contract with the city.

In his statement, Acevedo mentioned that the average tenure of a major city chief is three to five years and that he has no contract with the City of Austin — only City Manager Marc Ott does.

Ott said he thinks any discussion about a counteroffer is premature.

"I don't want to presuppose what is going to happen in that regard," he said.

However, Acevedo, who oversees about 1,600 officers, said he would probably accept an offer in Dallas if he and the city agree on the salary and other terms. Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle , who plans to leave in April, earned about $177,000 last year.

The Dallas opening comes during a time of mounting strain between Acevedo and some city leaders, who have raised concerns, in particular, about his decisions to bypass some officers for promotions.

Acevedo has lost two recent appeals by officers who were bypassed, and hearings for a third began this week.

Some City Council members earlier this year expressed frustration at having to create a high-ranking position for an officer who won his appeal. Acevedo had not left a slot vacant while the matter was being resolved.

Acevedo also has increasingly garnered the spotlight at community events, including a recent anti-hate rally downtown, during which he received thunderous applause and cheers while City Council members looked on.

City officials offered mixed reactions Monday night to Acevedo's possible departure. Several talked as if Acevedo would probably be hired.

"He will be hard to replace," Mayor Lee Leffingwell said. "In a way, I hope he doesn't get it, but I wish him well. He has a career to think about, and his career is ahead of him."

Acevedo, 45, moved to Austin after spending more than two decades with the California Highway Patrol. He found a department that was under U.S. Department of Justice scrutiny for how it uses force against minorities and has worked in recent years to improve police and community relations.

Council Member Laura Morrison said, "I wish him well and good luck if he's looking to a new future."

However, Council Member Mike Martinez said he has no indication that Acevedo would leave. "I think it is premature to sound any alarms right now," Martinez said.

But Martinez said he isn't surprised that Dallas encouraged Acevedo to apply.

According to a City of Dallas memo, other contenders for the job include the San Jose, Calif., and Louisville, Ky., police chiefs. The city's job posting said the next chief would oversee about 3,600 officers and a $410 million budget.

"The next Chief will be expected to continue growing the sworn component of the department while confronted with budget challenges," the posting said.

Among the rank-and-file, Austin officers said Monday night that they were surprised by the announcement, said Sgt. Wayne Vincent, the police union president.

Relations between the union and Acevedo also have grown increasingly frayed, culminating last month with the chief's decision to take to court an arbitrator's opinion to reinstate a fired officer.

"I wish him luck if (Dallas) is what he wants to pursue," Vincent said.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Joe Stack’s Intriguing Connections With Defense Contractors, Intelligence Agencies



Austin suicide pilot jointly leased hangar with manager of air defense systems

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
February 23, 2010

Austin suicide pilot Joe Stack kept some very interesting company as far as the client list for his software programming company is concerned, including a defense contractor with NSA and Homeland Security connections that ironically dealt with air defense systems.

The Georgetown Airport hanger in which Stack’s ill-fated Piper Cherokee was kept was jointly leased by Stack and a man called John Podolak, records show.

The Of Goats and Men blog highlights the fact that Podolak was appointed in 2004 to manage L-3 Avisys’ Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Counter-MANPADS (Man-Portable Air Defense Systems) initiative.

L-3 Avisys is a defense contractor with its main headquarters based in Austin, Texas which sells products and works closely with the Department of Defense and unnamed “U.S. Government intelligence agencies.”

Podolak was hired to “oversee a strong team of more than 10 IRCM defense suppliers who will perform research studies and lead the transition of the team’s proposed CAPS (Commercial Airliner Protection System) technology to the airline industry.”

L-3 was also a key client for Stack’s software programming business. Stack helped develop a GPS-based Fight Management System for IEC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3.

L-3 was also investigated by the SEC for its role in the suspicious number of “put options” on United and American Airlines, speculation that a company’s stock will fall, in the days before 9/11.

Indeed, former NSA official Wayne Madsen wrote in September 2008 that, “A long-time L-3 Communications consultant for the National Security Agency (NSA) was, according to our source, one of the very few recipients of the live video stream that caught the first plane hitting the North Tower.”

“Other clients on the list such as DMC Stratex Networks and Sorrento Electronics also are defense contractors and probably a closer examination of these and other corporations on Stack’s client list will reveal more interesting details,” notes the blog.

The blog also highlights transponder flight tracking records of Stack’s plane which show that its last journey took place on August 6, 2009, and not on February 18 last week when the aircraft was slammed into the Echelon building.

One poster on the Prison Planet forum speculates, “This plane may still be in a hanger at GTU.”

Could Stack’s lightweight Piper Cherokee really have caused such drastic damage to the facade of the Echelon building when compared with other small planes that have crashed into buildings like that of New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle?

The huge fireball reported by eyewitnesses could well have been as a result of extra fuel canisters Stack had loaded onto the plane to inflict maximum damage, but this has yet to be confirmed by authorities.

Intimate ties with defense contractors, not just through his software company, but on a personal level with L-3’s John Podolak will only serve to deepen the intrigue surrounding the motivation behind Stack’s attack on the IRS building, with scant details having emerged since the tragic incident last week.

Another startling contradiction comes in the form of Stack’s last words, which were reported by the media and apparently confirmed by audio from air traffic control tapes to be, “Thanks for your help, have a good day.”

However, audio taken from radio scanners who also recorded Stack’s last words is slightly different from that being forwarded as the official version. The second version of the audio, Stack’s final words are, “I’m definitely checking out, have a good day.”

A comparison of the two clips can be heard at this link.

While one eyewitness described seeing no pilot in the cockpit, another told WeAreAustin.com, “The pilot looked like he was in a comatose state; leaning back and going on in.”

Another interesting discrepancy to have emerged is the fact that Stack’s daughter told the Associated Press that Stack’s suicide note did not sound like it was written by him.

“It’s not him. The letter itself sounds like it’s coming from a different person. It didn’t sound like it came from him,” Samantha Dawn Bell told the AP.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Scanners Coming to Capitol?



During closed-door meeting, officials discuss possible checkpoints and more cameras.

Mike Ward
Austin American-Statesman
January 28, 2010

One week after a man opened fire with a pistol outside the Texas Capitol's south entrance, legislative leaders took a possible first step toward beefing up security at the storied landmark with checkpoints and more surveillance cameras.

The move came Thursday during a closed-door meeting at which top officials with the Department of Public Safety briefed key aides to Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state House Speaker Joe Straus, as well as other legislative leaders, about the Jan. 21 shooting and recommendations to enhance Capitol security.

Although officials declined to comment on the details of the recommendations, citing security concerns, participants confirmed that security checkpoints at Capitol entrances could be on the way.

One possible sticking point: how to allow Texans with concealed-weapons permits to get through security with their guns. Perry, Dewhurst and Straus probably will make the final decision.

If approved, enhanced security or controlled access to the statehouse would mark a historic change. Public entry at the Capitol has been open to all comers over the years — even though surveillance cameras and the presence of troopers in the halls have been beefed up since the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995 and the terrorist attacks in 2001.

Metal detectors and package scanners have been used temporarily several times in recent years at the entrances to public galleries of the legislative chambers during sessions and for a time during the second Gulf War. Driveways are staffed by troopers who check motorists, and steel bollards block vehicle access.

"We are examining a number of options for additional security at the Capitol and have not yet hit upon a final plan," said DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange. "We can't discuss Capitol security beyond that."

A Perry spokesman said the governor's comment last week about enhanced security still stands: "I'm always up for looking at new ways to protect our citizens, but the last thing I want is the Texas Capitol to turn into" Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

In a statement, Dewhurst said, "While we want to encourage people to visit the Texas Capitol, in a post-9/11 world and in light of last week's shooting incident, we need to seriously consider the DPS' enhanced security recommendations, including metal detectors, to help ensure everyone's safety."

Straus had no immediate comment.

"Everyone has the message now: We want to make the building secure, and we want to use common sense in doing that," said state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston , who participated in Thursday's meeting. "We're not going to turn it into DFW airport."

In 2009, long before the shooting occurred, DPS officials who oversee Capitol security had ordered a security review by the U.S. Secret Service. The report is said to have recommended major increases in staffing and the installation of package scanners and metal detectors at entrances and added surveillance cameras.

In the week since the shooting, an increasing chorus of lawmakers has called for boosting Capitol security.

Fausto Cardenas, 24, most recently of Houston, remains jailed on a felony charge in the shooting. He had visited the office of Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston , just before the shooting. He unsuccessfully pressed to visit privately with a Patrick staffer, and left .

Earlier this week, Patrick — who holds a state concealed-handgun permit, along with a number of other Texas lawmakers — sent his colleagues a letter advocating increased Capitol security. "However ... I do not want to see those who have a legal right to carry a gun denied their constitutional right.

"Whatever new measures we may adopt, I would not want to stop law-abiding CHL holders from carrying their guns in the Capitol," he stated in the letter. "The goal is to stop those who bring illegal weapons into the Capitol, not those who have a legal right to do so."

Patrick proposed a system where credentials would be issued to Capitol employees, media and others who come to the Capitol regularly — after they pass a background check — "so they can come and go easily." A minimum-security entrance could also be designated for schools and other groups that do not need to undergo major screening. Everyone else would have to go through other entrances with metal detectors and package scanners.

Reached by phone Thursday, Patrick said Texans with concealed-handgun licenses might "put their gun in a tray, go through the detector, pick it up and go," or perhaps they could show their state-issued license and walk around security-screening devices.

Holders of concealed weapons permits must undergo training and pass a background check, among other things.

Why not make the Capitol a gun-free zone altogether, like schools and businesses?

"If you continue to restrict more and more places where CHL holders can carry their weapons, you're tearing away at the intent of the legislation that established this program," Patrick said.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

‘Papers Please’ for Reporter at Texas Capitol Shooting Investigation


"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both." – Benjamin Franklin


Aaron Dykes
Infowars.com
January 22, 2010

Like other reporters in the Austin-area, the Infowars team was immediately sent to the Texas Capitol building on news that a man, identified as Fausto Cardenas, had started shooting for no apparent reason.

There wasn’t much else to discover once we got there. The suspect had apparently harmed no one and State Troopers were quietly combing over the South steps with their investigation. Apart from reports about an angry visit to State Senator Dan Patrick’s office, there was no indication of a possible motive for the bizarre incident. Spokeswoman Tela Mange was polite but offered very little info.

I had catalogued all the activity going on behind the roped-off area and wandered around the other side of the Capitol to film another grouping of troopers who were combing the grounds with a (presumably bomb-sniffing) dog. When a trooper noticed me filming their quiet investigation, everything suddenly changed.

Though the building itself was closed, the Capitol grounds remained open, and people were milling about freely. Only the area immediately surrounding the South steps was restricted by yellow tape. This was not that area.

Yet this officer approached me sternly, pointing his finger and commanding that I ‘point the camera somewhere else’ and provide ID. I refused.

For those who have forgotten, in the haze of post-9/11 paranoia, America is not a ‘papers please’ dictatorship or a corrupt banana republic, even if certain forces are attempting to drag us in that direction.

Outside the Capitol, ostensibly a monument to free society, there was no reason to impose ’security’ in the face of natural public order. There was no panicked atmosphere; the shooting was clearly over. Media personnel, news cameras and other spectators were waiting around calmly.

So why did this officer feel the need to rush up and demand I justify myself? Were I suspected of a crime as benign as speeding such action might have been warranted, but I had literally done nothing but look in the wrong direction and catch the eye of the wrong person.

His name is known, but not important in this instance. He ceased being an officer, abandoning due process for arbitrary power. That is against the law– the spirit of the law– and thus I felt compelled not to go along with it. He asked if I had ID and I told him truthfully that I did, but did not feel I should give it.

He told me not to move as he called over his superior officer. I asked if I was being detained. "Yes," he answered clearly. I was now considered a supsicious person for not producing my driver’s license on demand for no reason.

After a few minutes of impatient waiting, the superior officer asked a few questions, discovered I had done nothing at all and let me go without further ado. And yet, something had happened at the Capitol.

There, as elsewhere, with every capricious event, came a clumsy hardening of the system. Everytime an unpredictable person surprises us with a crime or even "act of terror" in an otherwise ordinary place, we act not with order and resolve– showing the strength of good laws. We instead react with panic and fear, as we begin regarding everyone with suspicion.

The result is a loss of our principles, and a compromising of good laws with ‘emergency power’ to meet a crisis. Not pursuit of a crime in progress, but a publicly-trusted and oath-sworn officer frightfully uncertain if he is looking out at his fellow-citizens or a sea of potential criminals and potential ‘terrorists.’

In our fear, we capitulate to the purveyors of chaos and lawlessness. Have we truly, fundamentally reached a point where we are so ‘terrorized’ that we really do throw out the baby with the bathwater? The wisdom and protection of the Constitution is our most precious public holding. Would we really violate it for such small urgings?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Houston Man Accused of Firing Shots at Texas Capitol



WeAreAustin.com
Thursday, Jan 21, 2010

A 24-year-old Houston man opened fire on the south steps of the Texas Capitol Thursday, according to state troopers.

Fausto Cardenas is in the Travis County Jail charged with Deadly Conduct, a third-degree felony. Watch security video of deputies bringing Fausto Cardenas into the Travis County Jail

According to a post on State Sen. Dan Patrick’s Twitter account, a man came to his office acting strangely. His staff called security.

Witnesses say the man went outside followed by Department of Public Safety troopers. He fired several shots from a small caliber handgun. Troopers then pinned him down and took him into custody. Other officers locked down the building.

No one was injured.

Investigators say they do not know a motive in the shooting but they believe Cardenas acted alone.

Late Thursday after the Capitol remained closed to the public but lawmakers and staff could enter.

Only a few lawmakers were there because the Legislature was not in session. House Speaker Joe Straus' office said he was stuck in the building while it was on lockdown. Sen. Leticia Van De Putte wrote on her Twitter page that she was also inside.



Gov. Rick Perry was not in the building at the time.

“I commend the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers who responded swiftly to a shooter on the South Steps of the State Capitol. Thanks to their efforts no one was injured and the shooter was apprehended immediately and taken in to custody,” he said.